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Carl Bernstein

Hay Festival 2013, 

The legendary journalist who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post discusses the second-term Obama administration, and the resonant American anniversaries of Gettysburg (150), the end of the Vietnam War (40) and JFK's assassination (50) with Peter Florence.

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Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco and Pola Oloixarac with Eduardo Rabasa

In production

Cartagena 2011, 
Three different voices from American literature, with styles as varied as those of the Colombian Jorge Franco, the Mexican Guadalupe Nettel and the Argentinian Pola Oloixarac, will tell us how they tackle writing new stories, the new novels they have in mind, what obsessions they have as writers and how they knit together new narratives in their imagination. Chaired by the editor Eduardo Rabasa.

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2015, 

Enter the magical mind of the bestselling author, whose recent books include the highly-acclaimed The Sleeper and the Spindle and Fortunately, the Milk. Find out where his genius ideas spring from and how he writes his books. From fairy tale twists to alien abductions over milk, there is a whole world to explore. He will be joined by Chris Riddell and his magical pens for some live drawing and book banter.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site.

8+ years
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

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Carrie Fisher talks to William Sieghart

Metaphors Be With You All

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the star’s novels and her film career, from Warren Beatty and Star Wars to her current status as one of the most admired and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. Fisher wrote Postcards from the Edge.

Carrie Fisher talks to William Sieghart

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Leonor Esguerra in conversation with Marta Ruiz

Cartagena 2012, 
Leonor Esguerra went from being a monk and head teacher at one of Bogota’s most exclusive schools in the seventies, to being an ELN guerrilla. Written by Inés Clauz Carriguiry, La búsqueda, testimonio de Leonor Esguerra, took twenty-five years to be published. In the book, Leonor Esguerra examines the changes undergone by Colombian society and the world, as well as the revolutionary experiences that marked her life. She will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

And the Weak Suffer What They Must

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former Finance Minister of Greece shows that the origins of the European collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit – and that we have done nothing so far to fix it.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

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Sergio Cabrera and William Ospina in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez Flórez

History and Television

Cartagena 2010, 
The stormy relationship between the small screen and the history of Colombia has led to a shortage of history programmes on Colombian TV. Why does television pay so little heed to the country's past? Is it true that history is not strong enough to fight for the ratings against Miss Colombia contests and drug dealing? Experts Sergio Cabrera and William Ospina analyse the pros and the cons of a genre that was once crowned with laurels and now struggles to rise from its own ashes. Chaired by Juan Carlos Pérez Flórez.

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Lloyd Jones and Cynan Jones talk to Gwen Davies

New Tales From The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new stories adapting the classical Welsh myth-tales into modern idioms engage with rugby, mental health and male identity in Lloyd Jones’ See How They Run and Scritture Giovani fellow Cynan Jones’ Blood, Bird, Snow. Cynan’s The Dig was shortlisted for the EFG Short Story Award.

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Monty Don and Nigel

My Family and Other Dogs

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Gardeners’ World star and social media sensation will bring his human best friend onstage to talk about dogs and love and family. #woof

Monty Don and Nigel

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Elizabeth Haycox and Paul Greatbatch, Nancy Lavin Albert and Justin Albert, Andrew Craven, Elizabeth Evans-Bevan, Lyndy Cooke and Peter Florence

Hay Castle Trust

Hay Festival 2012, 
Come and meet the Trustees and Directors of the newly-formed Hay Castle Trust and hear about the restoration and curation project of the medieval castle in the centre of Hay.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Hans Blix talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Swedish politician and diplomat. As Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency he led the Western inspection and response to the Chernobyl disaster. As head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission he led the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq between 2000 and 2003, finding none. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Ruth Rogers

Rose Gray's Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are honoured to inaugurate Rose Gray’s Tabletalk, an annual conversation about food and cooking in the name of the great chef and friend of Hay who died this year. Her River Café partner and her former colleague will discuss their work and their books The River Café Classic Italian Cookbook and River Cottage Everyday with John Mitchinson.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Ruth Rogers

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Paddy Ashdown

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2009: Ashdown’s Third Law

Hay Festival 2009, 
The WMD Awareness Programme lecture this year is given by the Royal Marine commando, party leader and international peacekeeper, whose memoir A Fortunate Life is published this month. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Paddy Ashdown

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Sarah Waters talks to Claire Armitstead

The Little Stranger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of Fingersmith, The Night Watch and Tipping The Velvet launches her mesmeric new novel.

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Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Poems

Hay Festival 2014, 

A reading by the National Poet of Wales and the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.

There are special GCSE tickets for this event. To book for anyone aged 14–16 years, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

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Eric Schmidt

The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations And Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Google Executive Chairman examines the future of a connected world with its extraordinary potential for education, medical tech, communication and translations and the huge global challenges to privacy and security. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Gwyneth Lewis talks to Raymond Tallis

The Lapidus Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet reads her works and discusses creative writing and mental health.
 
'Words are my health, the struggle to hear and transcribe the tune behind what I'm given by word of mouth.' (from 'A Hospital Odyssey' by Gwyneth Lewis)
 
'We are always trying to redeem our sense of being fragmented by means of the stories we recount about ourselves and each other and our world.' (from 'Hunger' by Raymond Tallis)
 
Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing, asks big questions about poetry, health and the search for sustainable and satisfying narratives.We are delighted to welcome eminent writers and thinkers Gwyneth Lewis and Raymond Tallis, who will read from their work and discuss themes with Fiona Hamilton. 
 
Gwyneth Lewis was Wales' first National Poet in 2005-6. In 2010 she received a Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award in recognition of her achievement. 'A Hospital Odyssey' is a modern epic in which a hospital becomes the setting for a journey of bodies and minds and a deep investigation of health and survival.
 
Raymond Tallis has been described in The Independent as 'one of Britain's greatest intellectual all-rounders: a philosopher, novelist, poet, former professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester and an international authority on epilepsy in older people'. He is as interested in the detail of the brain's structures and functions as in the curiousness of a kiss or the different kinds of human hunger.
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Christopher Hitchens

Late Night Hitch

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Christopher Hitchens stand-up gig. Lenny Bruce meets Wodehouse. Bullies beware.

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Claudio Naranjo with Jorge Alberto Llano García

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudio Naranjo is a world expert in Gestalt therapy and one of the pioneers of Transpersonal Psychology. In his discussion with Jorge Alberto Llano García, he will talk about the path taken in recent years as regards education. His goal is to train educators in self-knowledge and spiritual transformation as has been described in the great epics of both the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the West, like The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. Claudio Naranjo is working to make education an engine for a wider transformation: that of society as a whole.

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Tony Brown: The Gwyn Jones Lecture

RS Thomas Centenary Series: The Uncollected Poems Of RS Thomas

Hay Festival 2013, 

To celebrate the centenary of the great poet’s birth, the editor talks about the work involved in bringing together a selection of his uncollected work – often elusively published in obscure magazines, journals, newspapers and limited editions. This substantial volume spans the whole of RS Thomas’s career, from an early sonnet to his first wife and several Iago Prytherch poems to the powerful metaphysical meditations of his later years.

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David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

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Frank Skinner talks to Fiona Lindsay

On the Road: Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tables turned on the comedian and chat show host, and now author of a masterly memoir.

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Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

Pig’s Foot

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Cuban dancer introduces his novel: as Oscar sets out to find his ancestral village of Pata de Puerco and the meaning of the magical pig’s-foot amulet he has inherited, the search for his country’s hidden history becomes entangled with his search for the truth about himself.

Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

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Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Hay Festival 2014, 

Listen to an evening with the phenomenal comedian.

Part 1: Watching War Films With My Dad

In the first part Al discusses his passion for history with James Holland. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War…

Part 2: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way Is Epic

In the second part Al brings his legendary stand-up character to Hay Festival. Britain’s most irrepressible inn-keeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery.

“An exceptional balancing act. Performing in his short-sleeved white shirt, with a working beer pump behind him, Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world…satire with scope and a real sting.” The Times

“It’s wickedly witty stuff, and the knowledge that Murray is in fact a staunch, rather high-born Europhile with an MA in modern history makes this outwardly boorish satire on British provincialism more seductive still – right down, in fact, to the occasional guilt-ridden moment of doubt as to exactly what it is you’re laughing at.” The Telegraph

Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

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Julia Wright, Carlos Alfaro and John Vidal chaired by Andrew Simms

The Cuban ‘Surprise’

Hay Festival 2009, 
How lessons from a small, isolated island could save millions of lives in a warming world. Author Julia Wright talks with Cuban Economic Counsellor Carlos Alfaro and Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal. nef Policy Director Andrew Simms chairs.

Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society